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Processor

AMD Ryzen 7 5800H 8 x 3.2 – 4.4 GHz, 48 W PL2 / Short Burst, 37.5 W PL1 / Sustained, Cezanne H (Zen 3)

Memory

16384 MB 

, 2x DDR4 SO-DIMM, Dual Channel

Display

15.60 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, LG Philips LGD0625 (LP156WFG-SPB3), IPS, glossy: no, 144 Hz

Mainboard

AMD Promontory/Bixby FCH

Storage

Samsung SSD 980 500GB (MZ-V8V500BW), 500 GB 

, 450 GB free

Soundcard

AMD Raven/Renoir/Van Gogh/Cezanne/Rembrandt – HD Audio Controller

Connections

1 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 2 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 HDMI, 2 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: Headset, Microphone

Networking

Realtek RTL8125 2.5GBe Family Ethernet Controller (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 (a/b/g/n=Wi-Fi 4/ac=Wi-Fi 5/ax=Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth Bluetooth 5

Size

height x width x depth (in mm): 29 x 361 x 258 (=1.14 x 14.21 x 10.16 in)

Battery

49 Wh Lithium-Polymer, removeable, FlexiCharger in BIOS, Battery is removable

Camera

Webcam: HD Webcam
Primary Camera: 0.9 MPix

Additional features

Speakers: Stereo Speaker, Keyboard: RGB Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 24 Months Warranty, 24 Monate Basis-Garantie | Pickup & Return Schnellreparatur innerhalb der ersten 6 Monate

Weight

2.133 kg (= 75.24 oz / 4.7 pounds), Power Supply: 820 g (= 28.92 oz / 1.81 pounds)

Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

The case has been slightly changed compared to the predecessor, so there is now an additional fan outlet on the left side, and the ports have also changed. However, the materials remain the same: metal on the lid, plastic on the base. Thus, the lid is comparatively stable, but can of course still be warped, which the IPS panel accepts surprisingly stoically, i.e. without major color changes or screen bleeding. The base looks very stable and can hardly be bent, creaking noises are almost non-existent.

The design is rather restrained, even though some slanted lines and two small, superfluous-looking black inlays adorn the lid, which is also black. The underside mainly consists of fan grilles. The narrow strips do not look very robust due to the soft plastic and can be quickly pressed in, unlike the base. Gaps are not noticeable.

The Apex does not pass for slim; those who often deal with ultrabooks or thin gaming laptops might be surprised by the thickness. At least it is 3 mm (~0.12 inches) thinner compared to its predecessor, but the other competitors are still thinner.

However, the new Apex is the lightest device in the comparison at 2.1 kg (~4.6 lb). The other dimensions are rather small; the Asus TUF is about the same size, and the other devices are often a bit bigger.

Unfortunately, Schenker omits the (micro-)SD card reader. The power port now moves from the back to the left side, and the LAN port moves to the back. Due to AMD’s CPU, Thunderbolt is unfortunately missing, but the USB-C port supports Displayport 1.4, so you can connect three external monitors simultaneously via the additional dedicated mini-Displayport and HDMI port. All three monitor ports are directly connected to the RTX GPU, so VR and G-Sync are also natively supported.

We find the two USB-A ports on the left somewhat unfavorable. These two are next to each other and look identical. However, according to the spec sheet, one is type 3.2 Gen 1 (quasi-3.0) and the other is type 3.2 Gen 2×1, so theoretically twice as fast. As a user, you naturally want to see at a glance which port is the fastest for your USB storage media, but here you have to test the ports beforehand and remember them.

A relic of the old days: On the right side there is still a USB A 2.0 port, which can be upgraded in the future. On the other hand, the two audio ports for headsets/headphones and microphones are positive.

Schenker relies on Intel’s Wi-Fi 6 AX200 as well as Bluetooth 5 for wireless communication. The transfer rates are roughly on the expected level, and the Apex thus places itself in the midfield overall.

We are dealing with a standard HD webcam here, which only fulfills the lowest quality requirements for video calls. At least the color deviations are surprisingly low, but the picture is washed out and littered with a lot of noise.

Besides the card reader, the fingerprint sensor of the predecessor has also been omitted, which we can get over. TPM 2.0 is of course on board, as is a Kensington port.

Schenker packs a large, green-black XMG mouse pad in the box, to the delight of its gamer customers. There is also a driver CD and the laudable Schenker-typical driver USB stick. Last but not least, the buyer gets a quick guide to the most important special functions of the keys.

With its 8-core processor, the AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, and the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 laptop GPU, the Apex 15 joins the ranks of upper mid-range gamers. The Apex is also optionally available with the upper-class RTX 3070 GPU, but our test model should still be able to render almost all modern games smoothly in the native resolution. Since the RTX 3060 consumes comparatively little energy and produces less waste heat than its more powerful sister models, the Apex is also suitable as a work device or multimedia station.

All performance settings can be found in the Apex’s Control Center. Schenker also recommends the entertainment mode for higher loads, since the performance only increases minimally in performance mode, but the fan gets significantly louder according to the manufacturer. However, gaming laptops are designed for maximum performance, and we run all benchmarks in performance mode for a better comparison. Therefore, we will partly discuss the differences between the two modes in the text.

The AMD Ryzen 7 5800H has eight cores and theoretically clocks from 3.2 to 4.4 GHz. It also integrates a Radeon RX Vega 8 as GPU. The TDP is slightly higher in performance mode than in entertainment mode.

In our Cinebench loop, the consistent performance of the Apex 15 places itself squarely between the marginally faster Lenovo Legion and the slightly slower Alienware M15, all of which feature the same CPU. During the runs, the Apex initially reaches a TDP of around 62 W, which then drops to about 54 W. When starting a new run, it is again at 60-62 W. In entertainment mode, the Cinebench score is about five percent lower.

In gaming, the Apex performs as expected or even slightly above an average RTX 3060. The old Apex with RTX 2070 is almost always a few percentage points ahead of the new model, which is certainly also due to the faster processor. Nevertheless, the graphics performance is completely on target. The differences to the rest of the competition are small, and the Apex always has a good ranking.

All tested games can still be played smoothly in the native Full HD resolution even in maximum details. The gaming performance in Witcher 3 was about 5 to 7 percent lower in entertainment mode than in performance mode.

The good news: The new Apex is now quieter than the old one with the socket processor. The fans even stay quiet most of the time when idling, apart from the performance mode (and partly even here).

Under load, however, the two fans turn up quite a bit. More than 58 dB(A) in gaming and the stress test are negative peak values in comparison, not including the predecessor. In entertainment mode it is still 55 dB(A), louder than most competitors. Only under low load (1st benchmark of 3DMark06) does the device remain comparatively quiet.

The Apex 15 can score here. The loud fans must be good for something. The temperatures are even slightly lower in performance mode under load than in entertainment mode. Overall, they are so low that one wonders why Schenker does not use the leeway here to create a better balance between temperature and volume. As a result, the Apex is the coolest, but also clearly the loudest device in the comparison. When gaming, the Apex gets hotter than in our stress test.

  34 °C
93 F
36 °C
97 F
34 °C
93 F
 
  34 °C
93 F
36 °C
97 F
32 °C
90 F
 
  30 °C
86 F
33 °C
91 F
30 °C
86 F
 
Maximum: 36 °C=97 F
Average: 33.2 °C=92 F
38 °C
100 F
35 °C
95 F
35 °C
95 F
33 °C
91 F
31 °C
88 F
32 °C
90 F
26 °C
79 F
31 °C
88 F
31 °C
88 F
Maximum: 38 °C=100 F
Average: 32.4 °C=90 F

Power Supply (max.)  42 °C=108 F | Room Temperature 18 °C=64 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Fluke 62 Mini

(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 33.2 °C / 92 F, compared to the average of 33.7 °C / 93 F for the devices in the class Gaming.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 36 °C / 97 F, compared to the average of 40.1 °C / 104 F, ranging from 21.6 to 68.8 °C for the class Gaming.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 38 °C / 100 F, compared to the average of 43 °C / 109 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 29 °C / 84 F, compared to the device average of 33.7 °C / 93 F.
(±) Playing The Witcher 3, the average temperature for the upper side is 35.1 °C / 95 F, compared to the device average of 33.7 °C / 93 F.
(±) The palmrests and touchpad can get very hot to the touch with a maximum of 36 °C / 96.8 F.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 29 °C / 84.2 F (-7 °C / -12.6 F).

The speakers are not among the highlights in the Apex. Overall, they are too quiet and lack bass. They cannot shine even in the mid and high tones. At least there are two separate audio ports for external analog devices.

The removable battery is wonderful in principle and absolutely to be welcomed. Less wonderful, however, is that the capacity of the removable battery is only 49 Wh. The competition has 70 to 90 Wh batteries installed without exception!

The different manufacturer-owned power modes make it difficult to compare. It seems that the Apex gets quite a bit of runtime out of its small battery, but it lacks a balanced mode, which we usually use for our WLAN test. The “Power Saving” mode used in this way restricts the performance more and thus saves more energy, but it is difficult to compare with the results of the rivals.

You can plan a movie night for about 4.5 hours in power-saving mode. Web browsing is possible for almost 6.5 hours with reduced brightness, and the runtime is reduced to less than 4.5 hours with maximum brightness.

Christian Hintze

A C64 marked my entry into the world of PCs. I spent my student internship in the repair department of a computer shop and at the end of the day I was allowed to assemble my own 486 PC from “workshop remnants”. As a result of this, I later studied computer science at the Humboldt University in Berlin, with psychology also being added to my studies. After my first job as a research assistant at the university, I went to London for a year and worked for Sega in computer game translation quality assurance. This included working on games such as Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed and Company of Heroes. I have been writing for Notebookcheck since 2017.

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